CARACAS, Venezuela – Canada will have to settle for international experience instead of a berth at the 2014 Basketball World Cup.
The men’s team lost 73-67 to Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday, ruining Canada’s chances of qualifying for one of two spots at the World Cup.
For head coach Jay Triano, Canada’s downfall was in his young team’s relative inexperience at the international level.
“Our three best players are 22, 22 and 23 years old,” said Triano, referencing Cory Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Andrew Nicholson. “We’re going up against men who have played this game for a long time and have played at a high level for a long time.
“That’s why we’re here. We’re here to get the experience and play against these guys so when we’re that age, we can compete at the same level and understand the game that much better.”
Joseph had 19…
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